SwfObj version 0.3 released

Last night I quietly released version 0.3 of the SwfObj WordPress plugin. The plugin is making steady progress towards an official 1.0 release. I'll touch on the new features, but try to keep this post short so you can enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

Upgraded interface

If you use the media toolbar to insert Flash objects into your posts, you will now find a lot more options available for customizing the embedded object. These include width, height, alignment, id, class, allowfullscreen, etc. Any options filled in will be included in the auto-generated shortcode when the object is inserted in the post.

SwfObj plugin screenshot showing advanced options hidden.

In an effort to keep the library interface clean and practical, the advanced options are tucked away by default. If you want to use them to embed an object, click "Show Advanced Options" and they magically appear. The interface is still a bit cluttered, but its the best I've got for now.

SwfObj plugin screenshot showing media library view.

The webpage

SwfObj's official web page also got an upgraded look. It has two fat download and donate buttons. I also added a "recent news" blurb, so you can quickly see any new posts about the plugin. Pretty exciting. Ok, not really.

The future

There is still more to be done on SwfObj. Not all of the Flash parameters are supported yet. The code could use some polishing. And lots of testing and bug fixing. If anyone has any problems or feature requests, please let me know.

Hopefully I'll get some translations in as well. Any takers?

Updates probably won't be as frequent as the last two releases, though. Most of the major features are in now. Rather than playing with plugins all the time, I think it's time to start doing some actual Flash.

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  • http://learnenglish.olympe-network.com/ tarak

    Hi Matt,
    wonderful plugin! it is just what i was looking for!
    the pugin works perfectly with Firefox 3.0.1 but not on IE..
    Any workaround?
    Thanks so much in advance!

  • http://orangeSPLoTCH.com mattc

    Thanks Tarak.

    Any chance you can include some more information on what isn’t working in IE? What version of IE is giving you trouble, and what version of the plugin are you using? If you want to take this offline and email me more info I’d love to take a look at it.

  • http://learnenglish.olympe-network.com/ tarak

    Hi Matt,

    I sent the necessary information in an email but i didn’t mention that i am using SwfObj v. 0.5
    Thanks, indeed, for the quick reply and the nice words!

    Best regards,
    tarak

  • http://learnenglish.olympe-network.com/ tarak

    hi Matt :)
    Additional info: I am using wordpress 2.6

    Regards,
    tarak

  • Mikw

    Hi,

    Any chance you have plans to move the JavaScript used to register the flash objects on the page inside the body tag? The way you tack it onto the end of the entire document (after the html tag) causes a validation error, which is sort of counterproductive to the concept of SWFObject.

  • http://orangeSPLoTCH.com mattc

    A valid point.

    The code you are talking about is output in the wp_footer call. In order for it the html to be valid, your theme needs to call <?php wp_footer(); ?> right before the closing body tag. If your theme does not include this function call, then the code is appended to the end of the page and you get the problem you are having.

    If you’d like more information on how to correct this, feel free to contact me directly.

    Thanks.

  • Mike

    Hi,

    Thanks for the response. That was totally the problem. Sorry about that. :)